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  • Ashes to Ashes – 5 – The Villain

    Ashes to Ashes – 5 – The Villain

    Warren Richards stood up suddenly, leaping toward the other man, bringing his face within inches of Jack’s. In one long hissing breath, he articulated: “Do you understand the consequences of what you’re talking about?” “I have to try!” Jack answered passionately. Warren could not believe what he was hearing. They had achieved so much together,…

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  • Ashes to Ashes – 3 – The Vagrant

    Ashes to Ashes – 3 – The Vagrant

    He looked up into the sky, letting the rain splash his face. He closed his eyes, savouring the cleansing feeling of nature’s kiss. Then he remembered the pollutants that turned the rain to acid. Suddenly, he felt as if the water were burning his skin. He rubbed his face with his hands and pulled his…

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  • Ashes to Ashes – 1 – The On-Looker

    Ashes to Ashes – 1 – The On-Looker

    She stood squinting in the downpour. Her muscles tense, she huddled in her light jacket as cold water drenched her. She leaned against a street lamp, being stumbled over and bumped every few seconds. Pedestrians all around her rushed to get home, out of the rain, after a long day of work. She felt miserable.…

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  • Dolor – 8 – The Kill

    Dolor – 8 – The Kill

    Lumen threw his back against the alley wall. His hands clenched tightly around the grip of his pistol, he straightened his arms downward. Breathing hard, his pulse thundering in his ears, Lumen moved slowly, quietly. As he drew up next to the corner, he stopped. He could feel the creature nearby. In his mind, there…

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  • Dolor – 7 – The Proposal

    Dolor – 7 – The Proposal

    Lumen’s thoughts were interrupted by a knock on the door. Spreading his hands apologetically to his patient, he rose and went to open it. He found Dr. Hackman, one of his colleagues, waiting outside. Lumen stepped into the hallway and closed the door behind him. “How’s it going in there?” asked Hackman. “I don’t know,”…

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  • Dolor – 6 – The Attack

    Dolor – 6 – The Attack

    A man in his early thirties walked down the street, a paper bag full of groceries in his arms. The streetlamps were just turning on, bright globes against the darkening sky. The man stopped walking suddenly and looked around. He frowned, causing his apathetic expression to turn to one of anxiety. He started walking again,…

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  • Dolor – 5 – History

    Dolor – 5 – History

    “What were you like before the creature attacked you?” Venatio hesitated for several moments, a look of vacancy occupying his eyes. “What do you mean?” he responded finally. “Did you have a job? Some kind of routine? Any friends?” Venatio shook his head slowly, squinting his eyes. “It seems so long ago… Yeah, I had…

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  • Dolor – 4 – On the Trail

    Dolor – 4 – On the Trail

    Lumen watched wearily as Venatio rounded the corner, his handgun held high. After he surveyed the alley for a moment, Venatio nodded to Lumen and cautiously crept forward. Lumen had lost count of how many alleys he had now followed Venatio down. The promised thrill of a chase he would never forget had dissipated around…

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  • Dolor – 3 – Origin

    Dolor – 3 – Origin

    “Tell me more about this creature,” prompted Lumen, changing the subject. Venatio sighed heavily, and slouched down in his chair, gritting his teeth, anguish visible on his face. He looked darkly into Lumen’s eyes, and replied. “It’s a master stalker, able to blend into crowds, shadows, anything. I’ve followed it down deserted streets in broad…

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  • Dolor – 2 – The Arrest

    Dolor – 2 – The Arrest

    It was early evening. The police car passed by the usual riff-raff, pretending not to see the locals straightening up, their hands swinging behind their backs, as the cruiser drove past. The officers were late into their shift and in no mood to hassle a few strung out addicts. The radio crackled. Speaking in French,…

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